The Richat Structure or “The Eye of the Sahara” is a mysterious geological formation in Mauritania. Scientists used to think it was the site of a meteor impact or volcanic eruption. Now, the leading theory is that a symmetrical dome of sedimentary rock was eroded away, revealing nested layers.

Top Image: A false color image of the structure from the Landsat 7 sensor, using the infrared and green channels. Credit: NASA/USGS.

GIF: The Richat Structure can be seen from space - a tiny bullseye in the middle of the desert.

Middle image: An exaggerated topographical map of the structure. Brown=bedrock, pale yellow = sand, green = vegetation, blue = salty sediments=blue. Credit: NASA/JPL/NIMA

Bottom image: A true color photo of the eye. Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/Japan Space Systems,and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team


Foreign Language Oscars 2015: Africa

These are the five African films submitted to the Academy for the Foreign Language Oscar.

Mauritania is submitting for the very first time!

Egypt, The Factory Girl (dir. Mohamed Khan)
Ethiopia, Difret (dir. Zeresenay Berhane Mehari)
Mauritania, Timbuktu (dir. Abderrahmane Sissako)
Morocco, The Red Moon (dir. Hassan Benjelloun)
South Africa, Elelwani (dir. Ntshavheni wa Luruli)

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Let me remind you, that the world’s biggest and most influential animation studios rather spend their time and money on creating movies about animals and robots than people of color. The only disney movies set in Africa is about animals and a white male who grew up with animals. I love Lion King etc, but it is something to think about, especially since Africans are dehumanized very often that even when 700 people drown or when an epidemic strikes, people think it is “normal to Africans”.

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Traditional clothing of West Africa:

  1. A woman in ceremonial dress (Benin)
  2. Dancers in traditional wear (Ashanti-Ghana)
  3. Girl in traditional dress (Burkina Faso)
  4. Woman in traditional dress (Togo)
  5. Woman in traditional dress (Fulani-Gambia)
  6.  A women in traditional clothing (Itsekiri-Nigeria)
  7. Girl in traditional dress (Niger) 
  8. Girl in traditional dress (Songhai-Mali)
  9. A group of women in traditional dress (Senegal)
  10. Woman in traditional clothing (Mauritania)

If you have any corrections, please notify me directly as opposed to reblogging it or else I may not see it. 


The Only Record Store in Mauritania

WRITER Christopher Kirkley PHOTOGRAPHER Bechir Malum

In the crowded streets of Nouakchott, the country’s only record store is a haven for music and musicians

Walking along the crowded, sun bleached street through the centre of Mauritania’s capital, one could easily miss the tiny record store of Ahmed Vall. Nestled between a camera shop and a restaurant, a pair of double metal doors lead into the cavernous interior. It takes a moment to adjust to the change in the light. 

The shop is crammed full of records, lining the walls from floor to ceiling. Dusty stacks are piled on the floors. From ancient Senegalese salsa bands from Dakar to ephemeral Malian kora instrumentals and fuzzy electrified Nigerian rock, it is a collector’s dream. In the centre of the store are some large plush chairs where Ahmed Vall tends to a bubbling teapot. This is the Saphire D’Or, the first and last vinyl record store in Mauritania.